CBF AT 25
Stories of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
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edited by Aaron D. Weaver
“Forming something as fragile as the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is not a move we make lightly.” So began An Address to the Public, regarded as the founding document of CBF and presented on May 9, 1991 at the Convocation of The Baptist Fellowship in Atlanta. Twenty-five years later, the Fellowship is still forming together—partnering to renew God’s world and being the presence of Christ around the world. This edited volume celebrating CBF’s 25th anniversary shares a history of this denomi-network of free and faithful Baptists through more than 80 first-person stories of mission and ministry from clergy and laity, state and national leaders, field personnel, church starters, chaplains, theological educators, young Baptists and many more. CBF at 25 reflects on the Fellowship’s foundations while also focusing on the future, giving a glimpse at how Cooperative Baptists continue to live into its commitments to be Christ-like, innovative, authentic, global, diverse and seek excellence.
“Christ’s love has compelled us—each one of us—on a journey of faithful and adventurous obedience. These essays speak of the incomplete but elegant connection that is the work of God’s creative hand among our very lives and the churches gathered in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.”
— Suzii Paynter, CBF Executive Coordinator
Aaron D. Weaver is communications manager for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, where he serves as editor of fellowship! magazine. Weaver is the author of James M. Dunn and Soul Freedom and received his Ph.D. in Religion and Politics from Baylor University in 2013.